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Cassie Miller

Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.

Pa.’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in November

By: - December 17, 2021

Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased four-tenths of a percentage over the month to 4.2 percent. 

Bill banking on Pa. organics has Dept. of Ag’s support

By: - December 14, 2021

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinksi, D-Luzerne, would allow the state to continue allocating budget dollars to the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of funding the program in areas such as promotion, marketing and financial assistance to farmers on a permanent basis.

In Cumberland Co., state and local officials ask Pennsylvanians to license dogs in 2022

By: - December 14, 2021

CARLISLE, , Pa. — Officials from the state Department of Agriculture and Cumberland County spoke from the Cumberland County Courthouse Tuesday to remind Pennsylvanians to get their 2022 dog license before year’s end.  “It’s simple, if you love your dog, license your dog,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “The process is quick and easy to […]

Crawford County substance use roundtable highlights pandemic treatment challenges

By: - December 13, 2021

So far in 2021, Pennsylvania has logged 2,279 overdose deaths, according to state data.

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein and staffer test positive for COVID-19

By: - December 13, 2021

'My team and I will continue to offer services to constituents, both over the phone and by email,' the lawmaker said in a statement.

Food Insecurity in Pa. and beyond | The Numbers Racket

By: - December 13, 2021

In 2019, 1,353,730 Pennsylvanians - 10.6 percent - were food insecure.

State Sen. Scott Martin joins 2022 GOP primary race for Pa. Gov.

By: - December 11, 2021

Martin, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, has been a frequent critic of acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam’s Aug. 31 mask mandate for K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Pennsylvania, even going so far as to introduce legislation to try and curb the Secretary of Health’s powers. 

DHS unveils plan for Pa. American Rescue Plan dollars | Five for the Weekend

By: - December 11, 2021

Happy weekend, all. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Thursday shared the highlights of its spending plan for approximately $1.2 billion federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  “We have an unprecedented opportunity with this federal funding to support those who have been supporting individuals and families in our communities throughout the pandemic,” acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead said […]

Law enforcement advisory panel offers recommendations for policing reforms

By: - December 10, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission, created by Gov. Tom Wolf last year, is made up of 21 voting members, including one representative from each of Pennsylvania’s 15 state police troops, and is tasked with reviewing law enforcement practices in the commonwealth and offering recommendations on areas of improvement, including areas such as use-of-force, police-involved shootings and bias-based policing practices. 

DCNR seeks applicants for new public input council

By: - December 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said in a statement Thursday that it is seeking applicants for its new Next Gen Council, an advisory group that would “inform the agency’s work, advance diversity, equity and inclusion and create lasting change and necessary conditions to ensure all Pennsylvanians feel welcome on public lands.”

Preventing veteran suicide this holiday starts with a caring message

By: - December 8, 2021

 “Anyone who knows a veteran can send a caring message, but it is especially important for veteran advocates and health care providers who regularly see veterans to take the time to reach out with any form of positive communication,” Rick Hamp, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Challenge team lead, said in a statement Wednesday. 

‘Surge’ in COVID-19 cases contributing to longer waits at Pa. hospitals

By: - December 7, 2021

The increased wait times are, in part, a result of increased COVID-19 cases across the commonwealth, which contributed to the deaths of 654 people in the past seven days, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.